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Friday, February 05, 2010

The County Line barbecue restaurant owner Randy Goss found dead

Sad news from San Antonio as the owner of The County Line barbecue restaurants was found dead:

It took emergency workers more than three hours to pull a small black car from an area of Cibolo Creek near Specht Road Thursday. Inside that Acura, was the body of a man workers from The County Line restaurant are identifying as the business’s owner Randy Goss.

“The guy was a lover of music, and used to mingle with the people all the time,” said musician David Saldana of the restaurant owner. Saldana’s band, The Crayolas, performed at The County Line on I-10 numerous times.

Restaurant workers say they were concerned and told Goss, 55, not to drive home from work in heavy rain Wednesday night. They say he insisted on driving in the dangerous weather. Goss never made it home. Workers say a couple of managers spotted Goss’s car partially under water as they were retracing his route home along Specht Road. READ MORE

More on the man from The San Antonio Express News:

Goss wore the “Rib King” title proudly as an executive with the company he helped open. County Line has nine locations — seven in Texas, one in Albuquerque and one in Oklahoma City. A restaurant in El Paso is called The State Line.

Goss started as dishwasher at the original County Line in Austin, opened by his late brother Rick Goss and friend Bruce Walcott in 1975.

When the first San Antonio location opened at Loop 1604 and U.S. 281 in 1982, Goss became general manager of the restaurant and a partner in the company. Two more locations opened, the one on Interstate 10 and another on the River Walk. The original San Antonio restaurant closed in 1999.

A fixture at the Interstate 10 location, Goss was active with the live music series that has been going on there since 2001. On the restaurant’s Web site, a listing for the music series gives Wednesdays from next week through March 3 as “Open mic night with the Rib King.” READ MORE
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